Cairns is in the wet tropics of North Queensland, here the high rainfall and associated humidity has resulted in extensive rainforest communities interspersed with some woodland areas and around the foreshores, Melaleuca swamps and mangroves. Many biology and environmental studies students can be found studying various aspects from rainforest to mangrove biology along the boardwalk near the airport. Students in geology and geomorphology are to be found investigating how catchment systems work as in the Mulgrave catchment and Mareeba-Dimbulah Irrigation system or examining various landforms along the cliffs and beaches to the north and south of Cairns. Canopy studies are conducted using the Canopy Crane near Cape Tribulation. Visits to some of the nearly isles offers a different study environment.